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Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis, 51, was well known to
the police in the Central Division over the years to
be involved in high-level criminality.
However, he had another side to him---the Robin
Hood of the community of Enterprise.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, retired
assistant commissioner of police Stephen Ramsubhag,
who was in charge of the Criminal Investigations
Department (CID) in the Central Division between
2005 and 2008, said he knew Alexis very well.
Ramsubhag said Alexis had his criminal past but
yet he commanded great respect from the people
within the community.
"He had another side of him, the Robin Hood,
where he took monies from people he perceived as
the rich and gave handouts to the needy, the youths
under him and the residents in the community,"
"I think it would have been to maintain a sort of
rank to fellow criminal elements, also to residents,
so that they would look up to him and turn a blind
eye in giving information on the criminal conduct
of Robocop and that was who Robocop was."
Reminiscing on Alexis past, Ramsubhag said he
started off as a maxi taxi tout.
"I remember one day Robocop brought in a police
officer who was highly intoxicated to the police station
and with his handgun. This was funny, but this was
who Robocop was also."
He described Alexis as a man with a lot of street
sense who used it wisely and in a way that no one
could beat him on.
"He used his street sense to capitalise on it to gain
money, illegally and legally. Robo was that man,"
While he did not admit to knowing the type of
relationship Alexis shared with the many senior
superintendents who passed through the Central
Division over the years, Ramsubhag said as one in
charge of the CID back then, he carried out his duties
and conducted several raids at Alexis house.
A former superintendent of police, who wished
not to be identified, described Alexis as a highly
respected individual by people and even by police,
The former cop even described Alexis as "super-
influential with law enforcement officers throughout
all the police stations within the Central Division,
especially the Cunupia station and Longdenville post."
Asked what relationship Alexis had with the senior
superintendents who passed through the division,
he would only say, "There are all kind of relation-
ships---for good reasons and for bad."
Former national security minister, Gary Griffith,
said during his tenure he found it very unfortunate
and strange that there was very little data given on
Alexis at that time.
"No intelligence, only information. This was
required from the law enforcement officials in this
area. But whilst the area was safe and all other gangs
and criminal elements were being targeted and arrest-
ed, nothing was being said or done involving Robocop,"
Asked why he thought this was so, Griffith said
he believed it was either Alexis was a model citizen
in Chaguanas and all that was said about him was
a lie, or that certain elements in law enforcement in
Chaguanas were on a different payroll and were pro-
tecting certain gang leaders whilst targeting others.
He said it was because of this situation and others
like it that he established the National Security Special
Operations Group under the National Operations
Centre (NOC). He said the elite unit s goal was to
target all gangs and their leaders. (RD)
Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis, 51, even
in death, has his loyalists who will do
what they have to do.
This was the opinion given by Alexis
close friend, Crown Trace Mosque Imam
Morland Muakyil Abdullah, yesterday,
hours after he was released by police
who held him more for his protection
than anything else.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian at
his mosque, Abdullah said during his
detention he was told by police officers
that in the aftermath of Alexis murder
they were concerned about his safety.
He said that concerns were also raised
that he would be the one to take over
from Alexis and be the type of leader
that Alexis was.
"I told the police that a year ago they
killed my son and I did not retaliate and
why I would look to retaliate now for
Robo," Abdullah told the T&T Guardian.
"They realised that I made sense. I
told them a leader is a leader and I am
a leader, but Robo has plenty family
who will do anything for him even in
Abdullah was taken into police cus-
tody at 6 am on Monday. He was first
taken to the Chaguanas Police Station,
transferred to the Barataria station then
finally taken to the Central Police Sta-
Abdullah said he and Alexis were
fighting the same cause, to restore peace
in the community, at the time of his
He also said both of them were
against the same group of people who
have strayed from the true teachings of
Islam and have gotten themselves
involved in senseless acts of crime.
"Those guys are determined to get
rid of all the old guards, the old heads
in the community, so they would be in
charge," Abdullah said.
Asked if he feared that his life would
now be in danger, the Imam replied, "I
am not afraid of death. When you live
a life of peace and of God you don t be
afraid to die and I m ready. You must
only fear Allah and not man."
Abdullah described the out-of-control
youths in the community as "monsters"
and urged residents to come out and
stand up against them.
Keron Alexis, son of reputed gang leader Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis, with his
daughter Suriah at yesterday's burial in Cunupia.
Charged with demanding $5,000 from Deonanan
Ramdial by threats and menaces. Case dismissed
against him by a Chaguanas magistrate after Ramdial
said he did not know Alexis.
Alexis freed of kidnapping San Fernando businessman
Sarran Kissoondan after the state's main witness, Kevin
Richards, was found in a Longdenville pond wrapped in
a black garbage bag and weighed down with rocks.
A nine-member jury found Alexis and three other men
not guilty of kidnapping Sangre Grande jeweller Henry
Francis in 2002, after the state's main witness refused
to give evidence.
Alexis, Kevon Nurse, Justice of the Peace Stephen
Young and van driver Kenneth Martin were all
committed to stand trial at the High Court for
attempting to pervert the course of public justice. They
were charged with attempting to deter a witness from
giving evidence in the kidnapping of Henry Francis
during the period April 24 to September 27, 2007.
Alexis and two other men charged with kidnapping
Imtiaz Khan, an employee of Ghany Distribution and
Marketing Ltd, at Industrial Lane, Champ Fleurs. They
were also charged with armed robbery, being in
possession of a stolen seven-tonne truck valued at
$575,000, and $2.6 million worth of cigarettes, which
also belonged to the company. They were eventually
found not guilty by Magistrate Ramraj Harripersad,
after defence attorney Wayne Sturge argued that the
officer who laid the charges admitted under cross-
examination that he did not have enough evidence to
charge the men and he only did so based on orders
from his seniors.
Alexis was found guilty of assaulting PCs Nigel Duncan,
Andy Mohammed, Kevin Richards and Bijay Gangaram
on September 8, 2008, and was ordered to pay fines.
Alexis and his wife Bernadette Alexis were charged
with receiving four arc welders between September 14
and November 9, 2010, valued at $8,800, knowing
them to be stolen. The case was later dismissed.
Alexis arrested at apartment at One Woodbrook Place
in Woodbrook and charged with the murder of Vincent
Simmons, at Nimblett Street, Enterprise, Chaguanas in
2008. The charge was eventually discontinued by the
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Several months later, Alexis was among 16 men
detained for an alleged plot to assassinate then Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and members of her
Cabinet. All were eventually released without charge at
the expiration of the state of emergency imposed by
the then government.
Some of the cases involving Alexis over the past decade
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